Women's soccer travels to UC Davis, opens home schedule Friday

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The San Jose State University women’s soccer team concludes a season-long four-game road stretch to open the new campaign this week, as well as open the home portion of its 2006 schedule. The Spartans will travel to Davis, Calif., on Wednesday, September 6, to take on UC Davis at 4:00 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium (capacity 1,000). San Jose State will then open a season-long three-game homestand with its 2006 home opener against Idaho State University on Friday, September 8. Kick-off at Spartan Field is set for 5:00 p.m.

at UC DAVIS (1-1)


SAN JOSE STATE (0-2-1, 0-0 WAC) at UC DAVIS (1-1)
(SJSU Leads Series, 1-0-1)

UC Davis will also be opening its 2006 home season this week, against San Jose State. The two-game Aggie homestand will end with a visit by Idaho State on Sunday. UC Davis is still in the transition phase from the NCAA Division II to the NCAA Division I and the Big West Conference. The Aggies will become official members of the Big West in 2007.

UC Davis is coming off a 2-1 loss at Sacramento State on Sunday, September 3. Freshman Marisa Boge scored the loan Aggie goal in the 14th minute to give her team an early 1-0 lead. The host Hornets broke a 1-1 deadlock with the eventual game-winner in the 79th minute. UC Davis outshot Sacramento State, 13-8. The Aggies had shut out the University of San Francisco on the road, 3-0, to start the season back on August 27.

Four Aggies have accounted for the team’s goal-scoring this season. In addition to Boge, Dayna Dumont, Annie McAllister and Katie Snyder have also produced goals for UC Davis. Lacey Cobb has two of the team’s three assists. In goal, Megan Daws has played all 180 minutes with six saves, one shutout and a 1.00 goals-against-average.

San Jose State has never lost to UC Davis in women’s soccer. The Spartans and Aggies played to a scoreless, double-overtime tie inside Spartan Stadium on September 16, 2005. SJSU had posted a 1-0 shutout victory in Davis on October 22, 2004.

MaryClaire Robinson is in her 15th year in charge of the Aggie women’s soccer program.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-2-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. IDAHO STATE (3-2, 0-0 BSC)
(First Meeting)

San Jose State and Idaho State will meet for the first time at Spartan Field on Friday, September 8. The Bengals, who hail from Pocatello, Idaho, and are members of the Big Sky Conference, will also play at UC Davis on Sunday, September 10, to close out a two-match California trip.

Idaho State is coming off back-to-back shutout victories over a pair of in-state rivals who are also San Jose State’s Western Athletic Conference foes. The Bengals blanked Idaho, 3-0, on Friday, September 1, and Boise State, 1-0, on Sunday, September 3, both in Boise, Idaho, as part of the Governor’s Cup. Senior forward Tia Burns had a goal in each match. Previously, Idaho State lost to another WAC opponent Utah State, 1-0, and at BYU, 2-1 in overtime, around a 6-1 home rout of Southern Utah.

Junior midfielder Michelle Okumura leads the team with three goals, while freshman midfielder Annamarie Hofstetter has a team-best seven points on one goal and five assists. Senior Lindsay Gensler (0.99 GAA) and junior Maren Eves (0.50 GAA) have both seen action in the Bengal goal, with each posting an individual shutout during last weekend’s action.

The Bengals are coached by former University of San Francisco assistant Allison Gibson.

No live coverage will be available for either San Jose State women’s soccer game this week.

Beginning with the September 13 match-up against Sacramento State, all home games inside Spartan Stadium throughout the remainder of the 2006 season, five in all for the SJSU women’s team, will have live video streaming available for a fee on a subscription basis through the “Gold Zone” at www.sjsuspartans.com. All Spartan Stadium games also have live statistics for free.

San Jose State lost a pair of road games last week, 5-0 at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Friday, September 1, and 3-1 at the University of San Francisco on Sunday, September 3.

On Friday, Cal Poly got goals from four different players, as well as a first-half own goal. The Mustangs jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead, opening the scoring through a Leah Morales goal at 27:29 off a cross by Heidi McQuitty. The advantage was doubled following an own goal at 33:37, as sophomore Mustang forward Ashley Vallis’ shot glanced off sophomore Spartan defender Kaila Waitley’s leg and into the net.

Cal Poly put the result out of doubt with two goals within a span of 3:16 early in the second half. Redshirt freshman Marissa Dayton made a pair of second-half saves in goal for San Jose State. Junior SJSU midfielder Nicole Irwin led all players with three shots in the match, although the Spartans as a team were outshot by the Mustangs, 16-8.

At USF, Fiona O’Sullivan’s three-goal hat trick gave the area rival Dons the 3-1 victory. Down 3-0, San Jose State got on the board as preseason All-WAC selection Jessica Scott opened her 2006 scoring account in the 61st minute. Senior tri-captain Cristin Murphy hit a low cross from the right flank toward the goal-line, where Liz Behlen turned the ball back toward the top of the penalty box. Scott struck a first-time shot into the left corner. The Spartans almost got to within one at the very end of the contest, with Behlen’s lofted shot from the left side getting saved off the goal-line, and Murphy’s follow-up hitting the back of the net only after time had expired.

San Jose State also had saves off their own goal-line in the game, with Heather Oranje clearing two balls off her line, one in each half, as well as Brittny Beshore in the second half. Dayton finished with six saves. The Spartans were outshot on the afternoon, 19-13, with Nicole Irwin registering a team-high three shots.